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Title: The CDF's Declaration Dominus Iesus and Pope John Paul II
Author(s): DUNN, Matthew W.I.
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 36 Issue: 1 Date: 2012
In 2000, the Vatican issued the Declaration, Dominus Iesus, addressing what it felt were certain troubling theories amongst Catholic theologians regarding the salvific status of Jesus Christ and the Church. The document attracted a lot of attention – mostly, negative. Many Catholics and non-Catholics believed its assertions were out of step with the teachings and interfaith activity of Pope John Paul II. Some went so far as to claim the Declaration was a distortion of them. This article will review the contents of Dominus Iesus as well as reactions to it. It will show that the CDF Declaration derives directly from John Paul II himself; that it is part of his Ordinary Magisterium; that it reflects his own thought on Christ, the Church, and the salvation of non-Catholics; and, that it does not contradict his interfaith activity.